Assistant Professor in Public Administration, College of Arts and Sciences

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Job Overview

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor with a primary workload focus in support of our Public Administration sub-field. The master’s of public administration program at the University of Cincinnati is anchored in a social justice framework curriculum that addresses public administration in the context of social equity and justice through all methodologies, including community-engaged research methods, along with other substantive areas including nonprofit management, social and urban policy, and local governance. For details on our MPA-Social Justice program see our MPA website.


In addition to the MPA program, SPIA offers a MA and PhD in Political Science as well as three undergraduate BAs (Political Science, International Affairs, and Law and Society). SPIA also houses three research centers—the Portman Center for Policy Solutions, the Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (CTRHT) and the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy (CCSP). The Portman center encourages civility, bipartisanship, and finding common ground to achieve policy solutions. CTRHT uses research, learning, and action to provide space for healing the harms caused by racial injustice. CCSP seeks to engage scholars, students, and practitioners in interdisciplinary work related to digital strategy and policy. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to affiliate with these centers if they wish.


As one part of its overall programming, SPIA seeks to strengthen its digital justice footprint and advance its research connection with the University’s Digital Futures project exploring the intersection of social justice, public administration and the challenges and opportunities provided by technology. This programming seeks investigation of threats to justice posed by technology, particularly through algorithmic data bias, and the opportunities to leverage technology more effectively for public administration to advance equitable outcomes through a framework of digital justice and technological innovation.

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will be expected to teach, research, and advise students principally in our Master’s in Public Administration program (MPA), which is anchored in a research-based, social justice perspective. The course load for research active tenure-track faculty is 2-2 (two courses per 2 semesters).

  • Applicants will be expected to teach core MPA courses and elective classes, such as but not limited to Introduction to Public Administration, Public Sector Budgeting, Public Sector Technology Management, and support SPIA’s overall mission through such activities as teaching, research, committee service and work with SPIA partners.
  • Research activities include conducting, presenting, and publishing of scholarship and analysis in political science, public administration, and related fields as well as foundational work such as grant activity, network and partner-building associated with community-engaged research methodology.
  • Service activities can include committee membership in SPIA, the college, university and national and international levels, community-engagement, public service, and student advising.

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a completed PhD prior to effective date of the appointment,  (i.e., must have completed all requirements for graduation) in Public Administration, Political Science, or a related field. 

Application Process

Interested and qualified applicants must complete our on-line application. In addition to the basic online application, please provide:

  • Cover letter indicating fit with the job description and SPIA programs outlined above
  • Full and current CV
  • Three names of references (letters of reference will be required of short-listed finalists) 
  • One writing sample.
  • A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s intended contributions to the University’s goals of diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service is also required.


Please use the ‘additional documents’ feature to include all these required items. Review of Applications will begin January 8, 2024 with applications accepted until the position is filled.


Questions should be directed to Dr. Kimberly Conger, MPA Director and Search Committee Chair at:


The expected appointment will begin August 15, 2024.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


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The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


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The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


REQ: 94752


Assistant Professor in Public Administration, College of Arts and Sciences

Date:  Feb 2, 2024

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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